Books in Many Languages

  • School Year: 2017-2018
  • Applicants: Kate Prigodich, Lead Teacher
  • School: Duffy
  • Subjects: Language Arts

This grant will provide funding for a bilingual section of Duffy Elementary School library (grades K-5). The bilingual section will feature books in languages other than English, including but not limited to Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tamil, Dutch and Burmese. The section will provide leveled monolingual books in foreign languages. These books will offer students the opportunity to increase their literacy in their first language while learning English. The books will expose students to text in multiple languages. This activity fosters growth in reading fluency and comprehension, vocabulary growth and development, parental involvement and cultural competence. ELL teacher and media specialist will collaborate on English language learners's access to appropriate books from this section. They will also contine to work to build the books collection. Teachers can bring these books into the classrooms or students can take them out and read them at home or during silent reading time in school. Reasearch shows that literacy skills in a first language will transfer when learning a second or even third language.

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